This last week wrapped up my two-week rotation at the Salvation
Army clinic. It was an interesting experience with many patient
care challenges not seen at other clinics. The patients at
Salvation Army are part of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation
program. Along with musculoskeletal issues, many of the patients
also have associated chronic health issues like diabetes, heart
disease or liver disease.
Due to it being a holiday week, the clinic hours/days were less
than normal with a very light patient load. With it being such a
busy time of year, many patients were not able to keep their
appointments or had to reschedule.
Wednesday evening, Rob and I had to prepare a pumpkin cheesecake
to take home with us for Thanksgiving. We make the same cheesecake
every year, but when the time comes to make it we forget how long
the process actually takes. We started the preparation and baking
around 7 p.m. and didn't finish until close to midnight. There's
the prep, baking the crust, making the filling, baking the cake,
letting it cool, making the sour cream topping, and letting the
entire cheesecake set. But when all is said and done, the cake
turned out wonderful and tasted great!
Early Thursday morning we drove down to Indianapolis to spend
the holiday with family. We had a lovely day of cooking, catching
up, great food, wine, and lots of laughter. The quote of the day
came from Rob's nephew when he let us know what one website listed
as the most common topic brought up at Thanksgiving dinners.
Apparently the topic most brought up is sad stories about relatives
or family friends that most people either don't remember or have
never met. We all had a good laugh about that one.
This blog marks the last blog for this trimester. I hope I have
given some good insight into what life as a chiropractic intern is
like. I have enjoyed sharing my experiences with you and will have
lots more to share come spring 2014, my 10th and last trimester of
Have a safe and happy holiday season! Wishing you all the
In clinic this week, I am on my Salvation Army rotation. All
ninth trimester interns do a two-week rotation through either the
morning or afternoon Salvation Army clinics, and there is an
opportunity for five permanent clinic spots for your ninth and
tenth trimester clinical internship. With my new job and crazy work
schedule, I had to switch around some of my shifts, and I am doing
both morning and afternoon.
The clinics are drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities.
National University offers physical exams, chiropractic care, and
supplementation to the residents there. As an intern rotating
through the clinic, I am in charge of "new man exams." These are
full physical exams that include a hernia exam before the residents
start work at Salvation Army. If there is extra time after the
exam, I am able to give them treatment for any conditions diagnosed
or wellness care.
This week in my acupuncture elective we covered the urinary
bladder and kidney meridians. The urinary bladder channel consists
of 67 points and begins at the corner of the eye, goes around the
top of the head, down the back and leg, and ends at the outer tip
of the little toe. The urinary bladder is a water-energy yang
organ. An imbalance in the urinary bladder meridian can cause such
psychological symptoms as habitual fear, lack of decision-making
capability and a diminished moral character. This meridian is also
great for chronic tension and pain, which may be relieved by
stimulating the flow of energy along the spinal branches of the
The paired organ to the urinary bladder is the kidney and is
considered a water-energy yin organ. The kidney meridian consists
of 27 points and starts at the bottom of the foot, goes up the
front of the leg, abdomen, and ends on the front of the chest
around the first rib. In Chinese medicine, the kidneys control
sexual and reproductive functions and provide the body's prime
source of sexual vitality, which they regard as a major indicator
of health and immunity. Weak kidney energy is therefore a prime
cause of anemia and immune deficiency. The negative
psycho-emotional attributes of this channel are fear, loneliness,
insecurity, and shock (which attacks the heart first then descends
into the kidneys to become fear). A really interesting point, KD 1,
which is on the bottom of the foot, is really good for intractable
pain often experienced by cancer patients.
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